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Aid Groups Race Against Time In Somalia

Aid groups say they are making progress in delivering food to Somalia. But the need is critical and growing as the death toll continues to mount.

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African Union and Somali troops launch an attack on al-Shabaab, a militant group linked to al-Qaida, in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Thursday in an effort to protect famine relief efforts, officials said. The World Food Program says it cannot reach 2.2 million people in need of aid in the militant-controlled areas in southern Somalia because of insecurity. AP hide caption

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